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Wausau taxpayers to spend up to $4,000 on holiday music quota probe

Sheet music (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Sheet music (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - Wausau school taxpayers will spend up to $4,000 to have a law firm investigate a now-scrapped idea to limit holiday music by students.

The School Board voted Monday night to have legal researchers from Ruder Ware find out who came up with the idea -- who made the calls -- and the community uproar once the word got out.

The controversy began earlier this month, when the Wausau West High School Master Singers were put on hiatus. That was after director Phil Buch was told to ease up on the Christmas music his group normally sings at 15 community events during the holiday season.

Other Wausau schools put their holiday concerts on hold, amid reports that a quota was developed for the numbers of Christmas songs compared to those of other cultures and religions.

The policy was later scrapped. Now, people want to know who did what and when.

Wausau Superintendent Kathleen Williams came under fire throughout the process. She wants School Board members to be part of the investigation, and see if they fanned the flames on social media.